Oral-B Professional Precision 5000 Electric Toothbrush – Review

By Paul Riegler on 27 November 2012
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Mankind first recognized the need for oral hygiene before recorded history. Throughout the years, a variety of implements ranging from bird feathers to horse-tail hair to hog bristles have been used to clean teeth and implements resembling the modern bristle toothbrush have been around for over a thousand years.  There have been improvements, of course, but daily brushing of teeth in the United States didn’t become commonplace until after the Second World War.

The first electric toothbrush was produced in Switzerland in 1954 and the end of the twentieth century brought about many technology advances in the category, including ultrasonic toothbrushes and those with bristles that rotate and oscillate.

While the superiority of the electric toothbrush over the manual types is subject to much debate, I nonetheless use one and take it on trips with me.  Recently, I was introduced to the Oral-B Professional Precision 5000 model after my aging Oral-B toothbrush started to show signs of wear after a decade of use.


Oral-B has been an innovator in electric toothbrush technology including one feature I found particularly useful: the indicator bristles that remind the user when it’s time to replace the brush head (typically around the three-month’s use point).  The newer Floss Action head cleans each tooth with a combination of oscillation, pulsation, and rotation and one literally surrounds each tooth with the head while performing the cleaning.  How fast do the bristles move?  The manufacturer claims an astounding speed of 40,000 pulsations and 8,800 oscillations per minute.

The SmartGuide display acts as a digital bathroom clock (which may be mounted on a wall, or other convenient surface) and serves as a timer for the recommended two-minute brushing cycle.  Completing the two minute cycle displays a smiling emoticon showing all four quarters completed (brushing for shorter periods will result in correspondingly abbreviated displays).  The brush provides a pacing audio signal every 30 seconds and a longer tone at the two minute mark.

The Oral-B Professional Precision 5000 provides five cleaning modes including a normal daily mode, plus massage, deep clean, sensitive, and whitening.

Oral-B says that this toothbrush will remove as much as 99.7% of plaque when using the deep clean mode, something dentists and dental hygienists will appreciate as they will have less work to do at cleanings.  The new model encourages users to apply just the right amount of pressure and will caution users with a vibration and via the SmartDisplay if it’s pushed too hard.


The debate between manual and electric, sonic versus oscillating, will probably continue for the foreseeable future but I’m happy with my Oral-B and, more importantly, so is my dentist.

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